Yaroslav Huka was given his moment in the spotlight on Friday at the Canadian Parliament. He was praised by the Canadians for his role in fighting against the Russians in World War II. He could soon be in court. Unaware of the apology and claims that nobody knew who Hunka was or his role in World War II, a Polish official has called for him to be extradited so he can stand trial.
Newsweek reports that the Polish Education Minister Przemyslaw Arnek wrote a letter to the Institute of National Remembrance. This is an organization which investigates Nazis accused of war crimes and atrocities. Czarnek published a copy on X.
Wobec skandalicznych wydarzeń w kanadyjskim parlamencie polegających na uhonorowaniu w obecności także prezydenta Zełenskiego członka zbrodniczej, hitlerowskiej formacji SS Galizien, podjąłem kroki w kierunku ewentualnej ekstradycji tego człowieka do Polski.… https://t.co/92qK1voktN pic.twitter.com/5J4lljH5JX
— Przemysław Czarnek (@CzarnekP) September 26, 2023
Notes from Poland, a news outlet in Poland, has offered a partial English translation.
As a result of the scandalous event in the Canadian Parliament, where a Nazi SS Galizien member was honored in front of President Zelensky I have taken the necessary steps to extradite this man back to Poland.
Czarnek has asked the head of the Institute to determine if Hunka “is wanted for crimes against Poles or Poles with Jewish origin” Czarnek claims that these crimes are worth extradition. NFP reported that Hunka belonged to the Ukrainian SS Division that murdered 850 ethnic Poles in Huta Pieniacka. The town, which was once part of Poland, is now in Ukraine. Approximately 600 of the division’s members were allowed to settle in Canada after the war. Hunka now has dual citizenship with Canada and Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian president, was present at Friday’s standing ovation for Hunka. He even raised his hand. Newsweek also reported that Zelenskyy was Jewish and lost family members in the Holocaust.
The Speaker Anthony Rota was asked to resign, and he did. Some members of parliament have also claimed that they didn’t know who Hunka is:
Liberal MP Karina Gould says a former Nazi SS soldier being honoured ‘hurt all of us in Parliament’ and was “deeply embarrassing” for Ukrainian President Zelensky “because he trusted Canadians.”
— Rebel News (@RebelNewsOnline) September 25, 2023
Two possibilities exist. The first is that all those involved in the tragedy were aware of Hunka’s involvement with the SS and just didn’t give a damn. The Left now uses the word “Nazis” to describe anyone they disagree with. The word loses its historical meaning and is no longer considered to be a horrifying term. Second, it is possible that no one bothered to do any research on this “honored visitor” before bringing them before the Canadian parliament to be feted by the Canadians for their war efforts. Both possibilities are equally disturbing.